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Lemon Cookie Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
Soft and chewy lemon cookie bars topped with a light frosting, perfect for serving a crowd!
Servings: 36 bars
Author: Jackie
Cookie Base
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
Cookie Base
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a (12"x17" or 13"x18") rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. To make the sugar cookie base, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl before each addition.
  4. Mix in vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  5. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.
  6. Gradually add flour mixer to butter/sugar mixture.
  7. Beat on low until all flour is just incorporated.
  8. Press dough down in pan evenly.
  9. Bake for 12-15 min, until edges are light golden brown.
  10. Cool completely.
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add lemon juice and zest.
  3. Add powdered sugar in 1-2 cup increments until combined, followed by a tablespoon of milk at a time and mix until smooth and spreading consistency.
  4. Spread frosting over cooled cookie bars.
  5. Slice and serve.